This really is a ‘bucket-list’ destination. It’s remote and rugged and glorious. Just standing still, breathing in the cleanest of air and letting your senses absorb every aspect of the beauty around you is an unforgettable experience.
You can explore this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by boat, car or on foot – it’s a hiker’s paradise. You’ll want to have at least one early morning so you can appreciate and photograph the glorious sight of the Paine Massif bathed in red and purple light. Amidst the rocks and scrubland, the colours that are there appear even more vivid from almost unnaturally blue icebergs and turquoise and green lakes to the smaller but equally intense reds, pinks, blues, oranges, purples and yellows of the wild flowers, plants, herbs and shrubs that bloom on the plateaus and lakesides.
Taking a boat trip or kayaking amongst the icebergs is a must – you’ll feel dwarfed by their scale and beauty – as is hiking along some of the very well-marked paths and trails, such as the popular W circuit. Ride a horse through the pampas with gauchos as your companions and guides, or even take a horseback ride along lake shores and past the glaciers.
Reasons to visit Torres del Paine include:
It is a year-round destination but best from November to March when it's less rainy and there are 16-17 hours of daylight. The upside of travelling out of this period, however, is that it is much less visited.
Experience the wild beauty of Patagonia while staying at this Relais & Chateaux lodge, enjoying fine cuisine and a high level of personal service.
Stay in a geodesic dome in the heart of Torres del Paine, hiking, mixing biking and kayaking with relaxing among friends in camp
Set by a scenic glacial lake backed by mountains, Explora is perfectly situated for enjoying the rugged beauty of Torres del Paine National Park on foot and horseback.
A former cattle ranch within Torres del Paine National Park, prefect for exploring the great outdoors and spending time with local baqueano cowboys.
Time: GMT -4 hours
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.